Subject: Perseid Meteor Shower - do not miss it!
From: Alex Kemp
Date: Monday, 11 August 2014 21:51:43 +0100
To: Micaela Kemp, Liisa Kemp, Davin Kemp

Tomorrow is the “glorious twelfth”.

For stupid aristocrats, August 12 was the day that they were allowed to slaughter as many game birds as they wanted to. For everyone else, it is the night that is the height of the Perseid Meteor Shower.

The Perseids are the remains of the ‘Swift-Tuttle’ comet. Comets leave lots of dust in their wake as they streak towards the sun. Once a year the Earth passes through that scorch-mark and watchers on the ground are guaranteed to see lots & lots of shooting stars. Only cloud can stop it, or a bright moon obscure it.

Last Sunday was a ‘Supermoon’ (not only a Full Moon, but also very close to the earth) (just like the Earth, the Moon has an oval--not a circular--orbit around the Earth, and is therefore sometimes closer & sometimes farther away) (the Moon looks bigger when it is closer) (the Earth is furthest from the Sun on July 4).

Cloud is more difficult, but it is 21:42pm as I write these words & the skies are clear. The Moon is rising to the south, which is difficult.

You need a location which is high & far away from city lights. Try not to look at the Moon. If you can get up a few hours before sunrise (when the Moon will have set) that will be perfect. Look to the East, for that is the direction that they are most likely to come from, though they can appear almost anywhere in the sky. There are hundreds on the 12th, so you are guaranteed to see some if the skies are clear. Late Tuesday evening should be the top of the peak. Good Luck!

Alex Kemp